8 Restaurant Treats Made with Girl Scout Cookies
People just can't get enough of Girl Scout Cookies. Not only are they great on their own, but they can be used as ingredients in fancy desserts, too.
1. SAMOA COOKIE COCONUT CHEESECAKE
The Shores restaurant in La Jolla, California, participated in San Diego Restaurant Week last month, in which dozens of restaurants made dishes with Girl Scout Cookies. The Shores's chef de cuisine, Percy Oani, contributed his Samoa Cookie Coconut Cheesecake, which is made with Samoas (the cookies known as Caramel deLites in some areas).
2. SAVANNAH SMILES ICE CREAM
Phoenix's Churn ice cream shop is participating in Arizona's 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge, in which chefs create treats using an assigned Girl Scout Cookie flavor. Last year's winner, pastry chef Jada Shiya of Churn, was assigned the Savannah Smiles this year, so she blended the lemon shortbread cookie into an ice cream base and added raspberry jam swirls to create Savannah Smiles ice cream.
3. TOFFEE-TASTIC CHOCOLATE PUDDING
Phoenix's Flower Child concocted their Toffee-Tastic Chocolate Pudding with Toffee-Tastic Girl Scout Cookies. It's gluten-free and available at any of their Arizona locations for just $1.
4. MINT CHEESECAKE
Chompie's, a New York-style deli that's been serving up fresh-baked goods in Arizona since 1979, makes a mean cheesecake. Their special Mint Cheesecake is made with classic Thin Mint cookies in all their minty, chocolatey glory, and $1 from each slice sold will go to the Cactus Pine Girl Scout Council.
5. DARK CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTERFLY
Drexyl Modern American in Scottsdale, Arizona, used Tagalongs (a.k.a. Peanut Butter Patties) and peanut butter mousse filling to create its Dark Chocolate Peanut Butterfly, which is as tasty as it is pretty.
6. CARAMEL DELIGHT CUPCAKES
Ooh La La Dessert Boutique in Katy, Texas, made Girl Scout Caramel Delight (Samoa) Cupcakes for the San Jacinto Council dessert competition, in which restaurant chefs create new desserts with Girl Scout Cookies.
7. SAMOA CUPCAKES
Papa's Cupcakes in Perkasie, Pennsylvania, will be participating in next week's Girl Scout Cookie Crunch in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with their Samoa Cupcakes. They come in your choice of chocolate or vanilla cake with Samoa caramel filling, and are topped with caramel buttercream frosting and toasted coconut, then finished off with a caramel and chocolate drizzle. Papa's is also featuring a Thin Mint Cupcake during Girl Scout Cookie season.
8. GIRL SCOUT LEMONADE RICOTTA GNOCCHI
Centro, an Italian restaurant in Allentown, Pennsylvania, will also be at the Girl Scout Cookie Crunch with their Girl Scout Lemonade Ricotta Gnocchi, made with Savannah Smiles cookies and ricotta cheese. They even shared their recipe with local TV station WFMZ.
If you can't get to one of these restaurants, there are plenty of ways you can incorporate your own Girl Scout Cookies into other dishes. Here are recipes from the Girl Scouts.